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VMP-like sequences of pathogenic Borrelia species and strains
8283458 VMP-like sequences of pathogenic Borrelia species and strains
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Inventor: Norris
Date Issued: October 9, 2012
Application: 13/324,357
Filed: December 13, 2011
Inventors: Norris; Steven J. (Houston, TX)
Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Primary Examiner: Swartz; Rodney P.
Assistant Examiner:
Attorney Or Agent: Parker Highlander PLLC
U.S. Class: 536/23.7; 424/184.1; 424/185.1; 424/190.1; 424/200.1; 424/234.1; 424/93.1; 536/23.1
Field Of Search: 536/23.1; 536/23.7; 424/93.1; 424/184.1; 424/185.1; 424/190.1; 424/200.1; 424/234.1
International Class: C07H 21/04; A61K 39/02; C07H 21/02
U.S Patent Documents:
Foreign Patent Documents: WO 91/13630; WO 97/31123; WO 90/00413; WO 00/65064
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Abstract: The present invention relates to DNA sequences encoding Vmp-like polypeptides of pathogenic Borrelia, the use of the DNA sequences in recombinant vectors to express polypeptides, the encoded amino acid sequences, application of the DNA and amino acid sequences to the production of polypeptides as antigens for immunoprophylaxis, immunotherapy, and immunodiagnosis. Also disclosed are the use of the nucleic acid sequences as probes or primers for the detection of organisms causing Lyme disease, relapsing fever, or related disorders, and kits designed to facilitate methods of using the described polypeptides, DNA segments and antibodies.
Claim: I claim:

1. An isolated nucleic acid comprising a nucleotide sequence that encodes at least 12 contiguous amino acids of SEQ ID NO:59.

2. The isolated nucleic acid of claim 1, wherein the nucleotide sequence encodes at least 35 contiguous amino acids of SEQ ID NO:59.

3. The isolated nucleic acid of claim 1, wherein the nucleotide sequence encodes at least 50 contiguous amino acids of SEQ ID NO:59.

4. The isolated nucleic acid of claim 1, wherein the nucleotide sequence encodes a peptide comprising SEQ ID NO:59.

5. The isolated nucleic acid of claim 1, wherein the nucleic acid is an RNA segment.

6. The isolated nucleic acid of claim 1, wherein the nucleic acid comprises at least 50 contiguous nucleotides of SEQ ID NO:58.

7. The isolated nucleic acid of claim 1, wherein the nucleic acid comprises at least 110 contiguous nucleotides of SEQ ID NO:58.

8. The isolated nucleic acid of claim 1, wherein the nucleic acid comprises the nucleotide sequence of SEQ ID NO:58.

9. An isolated nucleic acid comprising a nucleotide sequence that encodes at least 12 contiguous amino acids of SEQ ID NO:34.

10. The isolated nucleic acid of claim 9, wherein the nucleotide sequence encodes at least 35 contiguous amino acids of SEQ ID NO:34.

11. The isolated nucleic acid of claim 9, wherein the nucleotide sequence encodes at least 50 contiguous amino acids of SEQ ID NO:34.

12. The isolated nucleic acid of claim 9, wherein the nucleotide sequence encodes a peptide comprising SEQ ID NO:34.

13. The isolated nucleic acid of claim 9, wherein the nucleic acid is an RNA segment.

14. The isolated nucleic acid of claim 9, wherein the nucleic acid comprises at least 50 contiguous nucleotides of SEQ ID NO:33.

15. The isolated nucleic acid of claim 9, wherein the nucleic acid comprises at least 110 contiguous nucleotides of SEQ ID NO:33.

16. The isolated nucleic acid of claim 9, wherein the nucleic acid comprises the nucleotide sequence of SEQ ID NO:33.

17. A recombinant host cell comprising a heterologous nucleic acid comprising a nucleotide sequence that encodes at least 12 contiguous amino acids of SEQ ID NO:34 or SEQ ID NO:59.

18. The recombinant host cell of claim 17, further defined as an E. coli cell.

19. The recombinant host cell of claim 17, wherein the nucleotide sequence encodes at least 50 contiguous amino acids of SEQ ID NO:34 or SEQ ID NO:59.

20. The recombinant host cell of claim 17, wherein the nucleotide sequence encodes a peptide comprising SEQ ID NO:34 or SEQ ID NO:59.
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